Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
13th March 2013
Coming into operation
6th April 2013
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety(1) makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 27(2), 30(9), 32(1),(2)(c),(d),(e),(g) and (h), 47(2) and 48(2) of the Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991(2).
In so far as these Regulations cannot be made under powers contained in the 1991 Order, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(3).
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has been designated for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 in relation to measures in the veterinary and phytosanitary fields for the protection of public health(4).
In accordance with Article 47(3A) of that Order, it has had regard to relevant advice given by the Food Standards Agency.
As required by Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety(5), there has been open and transparent public consultation during the preparation and evaluation of these Regulations.
1. These Regulations may be cited as the Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 and come into operation on 6th April 2013.
2.-(1) In these Regulations -
"owner" means -
in the case of goods in transit, the consignor (or, if the consignor does not have an address in Northern Ireland, the consignee);
in the case of goods from a vending machine -
if the machine is marked with the name and address of its owner, and the address is in Northern Ireland, that person; and
in any other case, the occupier of the premises on which the machine stands or to which it is affixed;
in any other case, the person appearing to the authorised officer to be the owner of the sample when the officer procured it;
"qualified" means qualified for the purposes of the Order;
"the Order" means the Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.
(2) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(6) applies to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.
3. The provisions of these Regulations specified in column 3 of Schedule 1 do not apply to any sample taken under the provisions of the Regulations listed in the corresponding entry in the first column of that Schedule.
4. A person is qualified to be a food analyst or a public analyst if that person possesses a Mastership in Chemical Analysis awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
5.-(1) A person is qualified to be a food examiner if that person -
(a)before the coming into operation of these Regulations, was qualified to be a food examiner under regulation 4 of the Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations 1991(7); or
(b)on or after that date,
(i)possesses a qualification listed in Part 1 of Schedule 2; and
(ii)has carried out examination of food over a period or periods amounting in aggregate to at least 3 years in one or more of the laboratories listed in Part 2 of that Schedule.
(2) In calculating the qualification period in paragraph (1)(b)(ii), no account is to be taken of any period spent as an undergraduate in a laboratory specified in paragraphs 4 to 6 of Part 2 of Schedule 2.
6.-(1) A director, owner or employee of a food business or partner in a food business must not act as a public analyst or food examiner for the area in which such business is situated.
(2) A person mentioned in paragraph (1) must not analyse or examine any sample which that person knows to have been taken from the business.
7.-(1) An authorised officer who has procured a sample under Article 29 of the Order and who considers that it should be analysed must, subject to paragraph (4), cause the sample to be divided into three parts.
(2) If the sample consists of sealed containers and opening them would, in the opinion of the authorised officer, impede a proper analysis, the authorised officer must divide the sample into parts by putting the containers into three lots, and each lot must be treated as being a part.
(3) The authorised officer must -
(a)if necessary place each part in a suitable container and seal each container;
(b)mark or label each part or container;
(c)as soon as reasonably practicable give one part to the owner and give the owner notice that the sample will be analysed;
(d)submit one part for analysis; and
(e)retain one part for future submission under regulation 8.
(4) If the authorised officer is of the opinion that division of the parts is not reasonably practicable or is likely to impede a proper analysis the officer must, as soon as is reasonably practicable, give notice to the owner that the undivided sample will be analysed and must submit it for analysis.
8.-(1) Where part of a sample has been retained under regulation 7(3)(e) and -
(a)proceedings are intended to be or have been commenced against a person for an offence in connection with that sample; and
(b)the prosecution intends to adduce as evidence the result of the analysis mentioned above,
paragraphs (2) to (6) apply.
(2) An authorised officer -
(a)may of the officer's own volition;
(b)must if requested by the prosecutor (if a person other than the authorised officer);
(c)must if the court so orders; or
(d)must, subject to paragraph (6), if requested by the person accused,
send the retained part of the sample to the Government chemist for analysis.
(3) The Government Chemist must analyse, or direct a food analyst to analyse, the part sent under paragraph (2) and send to the authorised officer a Government Chemist's certificate of analysis.
(4) Any certificate sent by the Government Chemist must be signed by or on behalf of the Government Chemist, but the analysis may be carried out by a person under the direction of the person who signs the certificate.
(5) On receipt of the certificate the authorised officer must, as soon as is reasonably practicable, supply a copy of it to the prosecutor (if a person other than the authorised officer) and to the person accused.
(6) Where a request is made under paragraph (2)(d) the authorised officer may give notice in writing to the person accused requesting payment of a fee specified in the notice to defray some or all of the Government Chemist's charges for performing the functions under paragraph (3) and in the absence of agreement by the person accused to pay the fee specified in the notice the authorised officer may refuse to comply with the request.
9. An authorised officer who has procured a sample under Article 29 of the Order and who considers that it should be examined must -
(a)if necessary place the sample in a suitable container and seal the container;
(b)mark or label the sample or container; and
(c)as soon as reasonably practicable,
(i)submit the sample for examination; and
(ii)give notice to the owner that it is to be examined.
10.-(1) Where a sample procured under Article 29 of the Order has been analysed or examined, the owner is entitled on request to be supplied with a copy of the certificate of analysis or examination by the enforcement authority.
(2) The certificate given by a food analyst or examiner under Article 30(6) of the Order must, subject to such adaptations as circumstances may reasonably require, be in the form of the example set out in Schedule 3.
11. In the following provisions, for "the Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991" substitute "the Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013" -
(a)regulation 13(10) and (11) (analysis etc. of samples) of the Food Hygiene Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006(8);
(b)regulation 36(10) and (11) (analysis etc. of samples) of the Official Feed and Food Controls Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009(9).
12. The Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991 are revoked.
Sealed with the official seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 13th March 2013.
A senior officer of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
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1. A first degree (with honours) in microbiology (irrespective of the title of the degree).
2. A degree of Master of Science, provided that -
(a)the degree was awarded following an examination rather than a thesis; and
(b)at least one paper in the degree was in microbiology.
3. Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences if that Fellowship has been gained after passing the higher specialist diploma examination in medical microbiology set by that Institute.
4. The degree in Mastership in Chemical Analysis awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
5. Fellowship or Membership of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.
6. In paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Part, "degree" means a degree awarded by a body recognised for the purposes of Article 3 of the Education (Unrecognised Degrees) (Northern Ireland) Order 1988(11) (which relates to bodies empowered to award degrees in the United Kingdom) or by a university in another Member State.
1. The Laboratory of the Government Chemist.
2. A laboratory owned by a Government Department or a laboratory under the equivalent control of the government of another Member State.
3. A laboratory appointed as an official control laboratory under Regulation 882/2004.
4. A laboratory of a university in the United Kingdom or of another Member State.
5. A laboratory of a fundable body within the meaning of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005(12).
6. A laboratory of the Scottish Agricultural College.
7. A laboratory specialising in food microbiology and accredited to ISO/IEC 17025.
(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations -
(a)specify the qualifications necessary to be a public analyst or food analyst (regulation 4) or food examiner (regulation 5 and Schedule 2) for the purposes of the Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991;
(b)prohibit specified persons from carrying out analyses or examinations (regulation 6);
(c)specify the procedures to be followed when a sample has been procured under that Order for analysis or examination (regulations 7, 8 and 9), and exclude from these procedures samples taken under Regulations which have their own procedures (regulation 3 and Schedule 1); and
(d)prescribe the form of certificate to be used by analysts and examiners in making their reports (regulation 10 and Schedule 3).
Formerly the Department of Health and Social Services; see S.I. 1999/283 (N.I.1) Article 3(6)
OJ No. L31, 1.2.2002, p.1. That Regulation was last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No. 596/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council adapting a number of instruments subject to the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the treaty to Council Decision 1999/468/EC with regard to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny: Adaptation to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny – Part Four (OJ No. L188, 18.7.2009, p14)
1954 c.33 (NI)
S.R. 2006 No. 3 There are amendments to this rule but none is relevant
OJ No. L364, 20.12.2006, p.5